Although I have finally put the finishing touches on Football Freddy, I can't rest on my laurels just yet. To make Football Freddy a reality, the next step in the process is to aggressively advertise the product to as many toy companies as possible. If and when a company agrees to develop my toy, it's highly improbable that my design proposals will be fully met. Afterall, I designed the inner workings of the football with no technical expertise, under the impression that the various components would flow together seemlessly. In reality, many hours would have to be spent in R&D before an anti-shock component could safeguard the delicate gizmos of the football. But, I could be wrong, and such technologies could exist making the production of my toy possible and my pockets fatter.
As far as the class is concerned, it's had its ups and downs. I've enjoyed watching you perform neat tricks with Maya on the big screen, but the learning process would have been much faster if we had the opportunity to play around with the Silicon Graphics machines while you hosted the Maya lectures in the computer lab. Also, the HTML and Maya cheat sheets would have been easier to understand if examples accompanied the text. Better yet, I say scrap the HTML cheat sheet, save some paper, and tell your students to learn HTML off the web from sites such as www.echoecho.com and www.webmonkey.com.
Criticisms aside, it sure has been a pleasure being in Gateway this semester, Dave. I've learned to do so many things that I would've have bothered to learn without the class. Besides, how many other college freshmen get to play with Silicon Graphics Machines running 10,000 dollar programs?